MOCO @ Columbia // Yanira Castro AIR + conference practice works


This is to let you know about the 8th International Conference on Movement and Computing happening June 22-24 (this week!) here in Chicago at Columbia College! This interdisciplinary conference explores the use of computational technology to support and understand human movement practice as well as movement as a means of interacting with computers, and features talks, workshops, installations and performances in fields ranging from machine learning, robotics, cognitive science, virtual reality, sport science, human-computer interaction, music, dance, philosophy and more.

This year, we invite you to join us for our Practice Work Sessions, which is what we call embodied research presented as installations, performances, film and/or interactive experiences. This includes Wed 6/22 5:30-9pm at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Thurs 6/23 4-5:30pm at Film Row Cinema of Columbia College and a performance by our artist-in-residence Yanira Castro Fri 6/24 7:30-9pm at 21c Museum Hotel Chicago, followed by a reception. We also encourage you to mingle with the MOCO artists at our Chicago Riverwalk Social Thursday June 23 7:30pm at Tiny Tapp & Cafe. A detailed schedule and full list of works & artists can be found on the MOCO’22 website: MOCO2022

Just like getting a ticket to a show, local registrants can attend all Practice Work sessions of the conference for $25 by using the promo code ‘MOCOART’ when registering through the MOCO website (MOCO2022). When registering, please select “Regular In-Person”, then enter the promo code before checking out. Due to COVID safety and security at Columbia College, we highly recommend that your register more than 24 hours in advance. Please contact Christopher Knowlton ( with any questions.

Many thanks and hope to see you there!

MOCO Practice Works Program:

Practice Works: Performances + Installations

Wednesday June 22 5:30-9pm @ Dance Center at Columbia College, 1306 S Michigan Ave

An evening of performances and installations by MOCO conference attendees featuring various aspects of movement computing. Performances and installations occur simultaneously in multiple rooms, running twice each for time-based performances. Explore them on your own time!

  • Outside Street Performance on Michigan Avenue
    • 5:30pm: InVisible
  • Room 102
    • 6-9pm: Floating Departures: Developing Quarantine Dance Technique as an Artistic Practice Beyond the Pandemic
    • 6-9pm: Can I Present You With A Touch Just Made? : Merging social gathering and artistic research through new forms of digital live art [VIRTUAL]
  • Room 200
    • 6-7:30pm: danceON and softWEAR: education-level creative coding and programmable wearables
    • 7:30pm-9pm: And She Will Sound The Alarm: Performance and Demo of the Body Sample Player
  • Room 210
    • 6-7:30pm: Desquamation: An Interactive 360-Video & Choreographic Study on Socio-cultural Voyeurism, Agency, & Race
    • 7:30-9pm: Recessed [VIRTUAL]
  • Room 202
    • 6-7:30pm: Manus Tremens: A structured improvisation for accelerometer-controlled vibration motors, amplified toy harp, and live sound processing
    • 7:30-9pm: Dance VR Adventure Games
  • Room 300
    • 6-7:30pm: Pendular
    • 7:30-9pm: KNN FM v.3: Exploring social dynamics through the interactive sound environment
  • Room 103b:
    • 6-7:30pm: Bread Symphony: A Cross-Species Collaboration for Spiritual and Material Nourishment

Practice Work Presentations

Thursday, June 23 4-5:30pm @ Film Row Cinema at Columbia College, 1104 S Wabash Ave

An afternoon of presentations of practice works accepted to the MOCO conference. Presentations run 10 minutes each inclusive of Q&A. Moderated by John Toenjes, professor and undergraduate director of Dance at Illinois. IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE PRACTICE WORKS AT FILM ROW CINEMA, PLEASE REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE!

  • Skin Hunger: A Telematic Installation (Courtney Brown, Ira Greenberg and Brent Brimhall) [VIRTUAL]
  • Extending the Body (Tara Burns) [VIRTUAL]
  • Haptic Technology and Motion Capture to make dance more accessible for the Blind and Visually Impaired. (Max Percy, Gabriele Gabija Raudonaityte, and Mingke Wang (王明可) [VIRTUAL]
  • Designing a Choreographic Interface During COVID-19 (Lins Derry, Jordan Kruguer, Maximilian Mueller and Jeffrey Schnapp) [VIRTUAL]
  • LocoMotion: Live Coding 3D Movement on the Web (Kate Sicchio, David Ogborn, Shaden Ahmed, Ashmeet Dhaliwal, Milica Hinic, Esther Kim, Saiara Mashiat, Vic Wojciechowska) [IN-PERSON]
  • “Embodying” AI: An Exploration of Expectation Through Movement Ideation (Benedikte Wallace, Charles P. Martin, Clarice Hilton and Rebecca Fiebrink) [VIRTUAL]
  • “If we try to put reality into words it falls apart; instead reality dwells in shapes”: Anne Bogart & Ellen Lauren in SITI Company’s Room (2000) (Melissa Johnson) [IN-PERSON]
  • Collaboration in a virtual reality artwork: the experience of co-presence, co-creation and letting go (Julien Lomet, Ronan Gaugne, Cédric Plessiet, Joël Laurent and Valérie Gouranton) [VIRTUAL]

Chicago Riverwalk Social + Art on theMART

Thursday June 23 7:30-10pm

Tiny Tapp & Café, 55 Chicago Riverwalk & Art on theMART

Enjoy a relaxing evening with your MOCO colleagues on the iconic Chicago Riverwalk! The Chicago Riverwalk is a 1.25-mile long path along the main branch of the Chicago River that is a treasured natural amenity in the urban canyon of world famous architecture. We will gather at Tiny Tapp & Café ( around 7:30pm where you can get some fresh air, grab a bite, quench your thirst, socialize, take in the views and enjoy live music by Hugh Too ( from 5:30-8:30pm. (Pro tip: any number of eateries along the Riverwalk would also make a wonderful dinner option!)

Just before 9pm, we will migrate to west end of the Riverwalk to view Art on theMART. Art on theMART is the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, projecting contemporary artwork across the 2.5 acre river-façade of the world-renowned Merchandise Mart building. Currently on view: 9pm Nick Cave Ba Boom Boom Pa Pop Pop, 9:30pm Carrie Hanson and The Seldoms Floe & Marlena Novak & Jay Alan Yim Choral. More information at:

Thunder & Clash (from Last Audience): Artist-in-Residence Performance & Reception

Friday June 24 7:30-9pm

Main Gallery, 21c Museum Hotel, 55 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL

MOCO’s inaugural artist-in-residence Yanira Castro presents an audience participatory performance scores followed by a reception in the Main Gallery of our conference partner 21c Museum Hotel Chicago. Interdisciplinary artist Yanira Castro will be guiding the audience through a set of performance scores from her award-winning work Last Audience. Enacted by the audience, Last Audience is an immersive, participatory work that invites the audience into a sensory-rich communal experience. Drawing on language and themes from requiems and Greek classical tragedy on judgement and democratic formation, Last Audience moves inside the unstable space between the perfunctory and the transformative.

This performance is an immersive participatory experience with limited seating. Please let 21c Museum Hotel know upon arrival if you require a seat. For everyone’s safety and to care for the performer who will be unmasked, we are requiring audience members to show proof of vaccination and wear masks during the entirety of the 30 minute performance. Masks will be provided. This event is free and open to the public but capacity is limited, so please reserve your spot ahead of time at: Thunder & Clash (from Last Audience) Tickets, Fri, Jun 24, 2022 at 7:30 PM | Eventbrite